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Why don't the Four Gospels record the exact date of Jesus' birth?
As we know,
1. Jesus was born in 4~6 BC, not 1st AD.
2. He was not born in winter because the shepherds were taking care of their sheep on the plain outdoors. (Luke 2: 8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night.)
Did the authors know exactly Jesus' birth date?
Why not they asked his mother Mary?
I am curious for others' perceptions and thoughts on this matter.
I have a tattoo that I received several years ago. It is not mainstream offensive, as in it is not vulgar or anything along those lines, but it is a pagan tattoo and at the time I had it done, it represented for me a self-reliance (rather than a reliance on God) in regards to resisting evil. Obviously this was also at a time in my life when I was still thinking in terms that symbolism actually mattered and that it could help...
What do you do if it seems like your church is being run like a business, does that mean the wolves have got in and you need to run?
I was given this 'gift' by a church I attend of a online video library but its asking me if I am part of the staff of this organization or a CEO etc.Do churches have CEOs. I thought they had ministers, teachers, evangelists and prophets, not CEOs, admins, and employees.
Also it asked me what my age, marital status and gender was. I don't know if later I have...
How many of you are familiar with this scripture:
Php 2:16 Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain.
Php 2:17 Yea, and if I be offered upon the sacrifice and service of your faith, I joy, and rejoice with you all.
Php 2:18 For the same cause also do ye joy, and rejoice with me.
The word "offered" meaning poured out, and this wisdom Paul had here is just a fragment of an understanding that could unravel...
When did the world become so huggy? I've met people for the first time, and they want to hug me! It's odd.
My guess is that the feminizing of culture has led to this current hugfest.
My motto is, why hug when a handshake will do. (stole the like from Frasier)
If a Christian believes in his/her heart that God created all things including the universe and time itself, then why is the age of the Earth worth disputing or proving?
I ask this not for a scientific debate, but rather an opinion on how much time we should spend discussing these matters vs what the Bible teaches.
Consider the following scenario:
You have a 500 year old oak tree in your front yard. You love the tree so much, you ask God during a nightly prayer to give you another one...
please pray for me I feel he has forsaken me. I hate sin (selfishness) it makes me vomit.... no matter how hard I try I cant stop sinning but I hate sin so much I wish I didnt have to live in the sin world I look around and feel sick seeing all the sin everywhere I just want to depart and be with christ, I can't stop sinning but I know christ knows I hate sin and I wish I never had to come alive and deal with sin please help
Greetings and Merry Christmas!
I'm here to ask a question about a proper Christian view of health-related issues. My issue is related to my teeth and gums
My story: I recently underwent root canal surgery to fix an old, badly-done root canal in one of my back molars that became infected. The infection spread to the gum and bone below the tooth, resulting in some bone loss there. Afterwards, I was told this tooth is probably cracked and was given a 50-50% chance of its survival. I...
Someone please explain why unbelievers must endure eternal hellfire.
My understanding is that Jesus took our place. Doesn't that mean our punishment should just be a crucifixion? Or perhaps 36 hours of hell if you believe Jesus went there while he was dead? Or perhaps a longer finite stay in hell? But how could Jesus have paid our punishment if he didn't endure it?
And this still doesn't explain why his one payment has some sort of multiplier effect to atone for billions of Christians....
Hell only makes sense to me if some kind of form or type of re-incarnation or recycling of souls or people is possible and a reality...
This reality, a lot of it is torment, and I think this realm of reality is hell, I think it is the outer darkness outside the gates or kingdom walls of heaven where people, and some people suffer, or are miserable or tormented for eternity. Some people never change their ways and I think these ones are predestined and created to be unchanging and to always...